History UncannyValley / Literature

9th May '18 1:03:06 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Coraline'': Some of the pictures in the novel - especially the [[http://karinlibrarian.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/coraline-other-mother.jpg picture]] of the Other Mother with a bug in her mouth.

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* ''Coraline'': ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'': Some of the pictures in the novel - especially the [[http://karinlibrarian.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/coraline-other-mother.jpg picture]] of the Other Mother with a bug in her mouth.



* Any book dealing with the speculative evolution of humans like ''Literature/ManAfterMan'' and ''Literature/AllTomorrows'' is bound to contain this as they always contain the surreal results of a world where most wildlife (alien or earthly) is descended from humans. All of them still retain their ancestors' traits to an extent.

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* Any book dealing with the [[SpeculativeBiology speculative evolution evolution]] of humans like ''Literature/ManAfterMan'' and ''Literature/AllTomorrows'' is bound to contain this as they always contain the surreal results of a world where most wildlife (alien or earthly) is descended from humans. All of them still retain their ancestors' traits to an extent.
8th Apr '18 12:55:41 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* In ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', this is what triggers Victor's near-immediate rejection of his creation. Victor had selected all of the Creature's body parts to make him as physically imposing and attractive as possible. What he ended up with was a sallow-skinned, sunken-eyed, varicose-veined hulk of a man with serious anger management issues. True to form, the trope kicked in as soon as it started moving. ''Creator/JuniIto'''s manga adaptation of the story takes Shelly's words and puts a horrifying face to it.

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* In ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', this is what triggers Victor's near-immediate rejection of his creation. Victor had selected all of the Creature's body parts to make him as physically imposing and attractive as possible. What he ended up with was a sallow-skinned, sunken-eyed, varicose-veined hulk of a man with serious anger management issues. True to form, the trope kicked in as soon as it started moving. ''Creator/JuniIto'''s Creator/JunjiIto's manga adaptation of the story takes Shelly's words and puts a horrifying face to it.
8th Apr '18 12:54:11 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* In ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', this is what triggers Victor's near-immediate rejection of his creation. Victor had selected all of the Creature's body parts to make him as physically imposing and attractive as possible. What he ended up with was a sallow-skinned, sunken-eyed, varicose-veined hulk of a man with serious anger management issues. True to form, the trope kicked in as soon as it started moving.

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* In ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', this is what triggers Victor's near-immediate rejection of his creation. Victor had selected all of the Creature's body parts to make him as physically imposing and attractive as possible. What he ended up with was a sallow-skinned, sunken-eyed, varicose-veined hulk of a man with serious anger management issues. True to form, the trope kicked in as soon as it started moving. ''Creator/JuniIto'''s manga adaptation of the story takes Shelly's words and puts a horrifying face to it.
7th Apr '18 9:41:01 PM nombretomado
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* Occasionally this trope's effects are felt in Niven's ''{{Ringworld}}'' novels, as the many hominid natives fall short of being HumanAliens. Usually it's the ones that are already creepy (ghouls, vampires) which give people the willies when they move their shoulders more loosely than expected or are found to have too small a skull.

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* Occasionally this trope's effects are felt in Niven's ''{{Ringworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' novels, as the many hominid natives fall short of being HumanAliens. Usually it's the ones that are already creepy (ghouls, vampires) which give people the willies when they move their shoulders more loosely than expected or are found to have too small a skull.
28th Mar '18 9:51:37 PM nombretomado
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse gives us Xizor's assistant Guri, a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots human replica droid]]. [[{{Robosexual}} He assures us she is anatomically correct]]. [[{{Squick}} Let that sink in.]]

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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse gives us ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
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Xizor's assistant Guri, a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots human replica droid]]. [[{{Robosexual}} He assures us she is anatomically correct]]. [[{{Squick}} Let that sink in.]]
12th Mar '18 5:50:47 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheWitcher'' novels the elves are described in terms that suggest this trope. On one hand they are extremely beautiful in general terms. On the other, at closer inspection their eyes seem unnaturally large, while their teeth seem too small to their mouths, like adults who still have baby teeth, and they also lack the distinct canine teeth. In result, many humans find elves freaky and disturbing-looking, although the actual reasons for the mutual FantasticRacism have a bit deeper causes.

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* In ''TheWitcher'' ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' novels the elves are described in terms that suggest this trope. On one hand they are extremely beautiful in general terms. On the other, at closer inspection their eyes seem unnaturally large, while their teeth seem too small to their mouths, like adults who still have baby teeth, and they also lack the distinct canine teeth. In result, many humans find elves freaky and disturbing-looking, although the actual reasons for the mutual FantasticRacism have a bit deeper causes.
27th Nov '17 5:40:30 AM NexusLQ
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** Barty Crouch Senior has this when he's under the influence of the Imperius Curse, his face is gaunt and skull-like and Harry and Dumbledore think he is unwell. When he partially breaks though the curse, he acts completely unnatural flipping between two [[SplitPersonality personalities]]: one where he knows what happening and is panicked and the other where he is deluded but ironically acting more sane. Barty Crouch's son has some of this when he's revealed, but the movie where he's played by Creator/DavidTennant takes it UptoEleven thanks to his ManiacTongue

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** Barty Crouch Senior has this when he's under the influence of the Imperius Curse, his face is gaunt and skull-like and Harry and Dumbledore think he is unwell. When he partially breaks though the curse, he acts completely unnatural flipping between two [[SplitPersonality [[SplitPersonality personalities]]: one where he knows what happening and is panicked and the other where he is deluded but ironically acting more sane. Barty Crouch's son has some of this when he's revealed, but the movie where he's played by Creator/DavidTennant takes it UptoEleven thanks to his ManiacTongue ManiacTongue



* The titular antagonist ''Literature/{{IT}}'' in Creator/StephenKing's novel, the genesis of the MonsterClown Pennywise has this trope in spades. Even when he's not transformed and is just talking normally as the clown, IT stares intensely at the children in hunger, plus he has no shadow when the sun directly behind him all adding to uncanny. It gets even more terrifying when at one point he has the face of Georgie Denbrough, in a scene that was ''thankfully'' left out of the two live action adaptions.

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* The titular antagonist ''Literature/{{IT}}'' in Creator/StephenKing's novel, the genesis of the MonsterClown Pennywise has this trope in spades. Even when he's not transformed and is just talking normally as the clown, IT stares intensely at the children in hunger, plus he has no shadow when the sun directly behind him all adding to the uncanny. It gets even more terrifying when at one point he has the face of Georgie Denbrough, in a scene that was ''thankfully'' left out of the two live action adaptions.
27th Nov '17 5:37:51 AM NexusLQ
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** Hell even [[IwasOnceAMan before]] Voldermort gives himself his snake-like appearance, he acted unnatural for a boy magical or not. Despite having the handsome features of his father his inner nature [[EvilMakesYouUgly contorts]] his face such as when he learned he was a Wizard from Dumbledore Harry describes his expression as "bestial".

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** Hell even [[IwasOnceAMan [[WasOnceAMan before]] Voldermort gives himself his snake-like appearance, he acted unnatural for a boy magical or not. Despite having the handsome features of his father his inner nature [[EvilMakesYouUgly contorts]] his face such as when he learned he was a Wizard from Dumbledore Harry describes his expression as "bestial".



** Barty Crouch Senior has this when he's under the influence of the Imperius Curse, his face is gaunt and skull-like and Harry and Dumbledore think he is unwell. When he partially breaks though the curse, he acts completely unnatural flipping between two personalities: one where he knows what happening and is panicked and the other where he is deluded but ironically acting more sane. Barty Crouch's son has some of this when he's revealed, but the movie where he's played by Creator/DavidTennant takes it UptoEleven thanks to his mManicTongue

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** Barty Crouch Senior has this when he's under the influence of the Imperius Curse, his face is gaunt and skull-like and Harry and Dumbledore think he is unwell. When he partially breaks though the curse, he acts completely unnatural flipping between two personalities: [[SplitPersonality personalities]]: one where he knows what happening and is panicked and the other where he is deluded but ironically acting more sane. Barty Crouch's son has some of this when he's revealed, but the movie where he's played by Creator/DavidTennant takes it UptoEleven thanks to his mManicTongue ManiacTongue



** But Bathilda Bagshot takes the cake in the Deathly Hallows

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** But Bathilda Bagshot takes the cake in the Deathly Hallows Hallows, her creepy stilted movement, her staring eyes and the fact she moves closer to Harry in darkness and he can't hear her. In truth [[DeadAllAlong she's just a corpse]] with a massive snake controlling her.


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* The titular antagonist ''Literature/{{IT}}'' in Creator/StephenKing's novel, the genesis of the MonsterClown Pennywise has this trope in spades. Even when he's not transformed and is just talking normally as the clown, IT stares intensely at the children in hunger, plus he has no shadow when the sun directly behind him all adding to uncanny. It gets even more terrifying when at one point he has the face of Georgie Denbrough, in a scene that was ''thankfully'' left out of the two live action adaptions.
27th Nov '17 5:12:06 AM NexusLQ
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** Hell even [[IwasOnceAMan before]] Voldermort gives himself his snake-like appearance, he acted unnatural for a boy magical or not. Despite having the handsome features of his father his inner nature [[EvilMakesYouUgly contorts]] his face such as when he learned he was a Wizard from Dumbledore Harry describes his expression as "bestial".


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** Barty Crouch Senior has this when he's under the influence of the Imperius Curse, his face is gaunt and skull-like and Harry and Dumbledore think he is unwell. When he partially breaks though the curse, he acts completely unnatural flipping between two personalities: one where he knows what happening and is panicked and the other where he is deluded but ironically acting more sane. Barty Crouch's son has some of this when he's revealed, but the movie where he's played by Creator/DavidTennant takes it UptoEleven thanks to his mManicTongue


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** But Bathilda Bagshot takes the cake in the Deathly Hallows
12th Oct '17 2:35:53 AM Eolewyn1010
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** Discworld/LordsAndLadies, notably during the Queen's confrontation with Magrat when her glamour starts to [[GlamourFailure fail]].
** Lady Myria Lejean, who is an Auditor in an artificial body created by the Auditors to look human. They don't understand human standards of beauty, but to make her appealing to Jeremy whom they need for their plans, their idea of making her the most beautiful woman alive is copying the features of what was considered the most beautiful painting of a woman in the world, then improved upon them by erasing imperfections, adjusting symmetry, that sort of thing. The result is something that Jeremy describes as beautiful, though a "monochromatic" sort of beauty; he first suspects her to be an undead. Even after he gets over it and falls for her, his servant [[TheIgor Igor]] finds Myria highly uncanny as she doesn't smell like an undead - in fact, she doesn't have a smell at all. Also, she "doesn't manage to walk right" as her feet sometimes need a moment to touch the floor after she does a step - because she isn't used to submitting to gravity.

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** Discworld/LordsAndLadies, ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', notably during the Queen's confrontation with Magrat when her glamour starts to [[GlamourFailure fail]].
** Lady Myria Lejean, Lejean from ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', who is an Auditor in an artificial body created by the Auditors to look human. They don't understand human standards of beauty, but to make her appealing to Jeremy whom they need for their plans, their idea of making her the most beautiful woman alive is copying the features of what was considered the most beautiful painting of a woman in the world, then improved upon them by erasing imperfections, adjusting symmetry, that sort of thing. The result is something that Jeremy describes as beautiful, though a "monochromatic" sort of beauty; he first suspects her to be an undead. Even after he gets over it and falls for her, his servant [[TheIgor Igor]] finds Myria highly uncanny as she doesn't smell like an undead - in fact, she doesn't have a smell at all. Also, she "doesn't manage to walk right" as her feet sometimes need a moment to touch the floor after she does a step - because she isn't used to submitting to gravity.
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